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MOVIE CAPSULES FOR 06/04

NEW RELEASES

The Hangover HHH

REVIEW ON 17D. May is too early to proclaim any movie the funniest of the year, but for sheer lowbrow, R-rated antics, filmmakers will have a hard time topping director Todd Phillips’ raucous comedy. It’s about four friends who must retrace their steps the morning after a long night of hard partying in Las Vegas and figure out, for example, why there’s a tiger in their bathroom. (105 min.) Rated R.

Land Of The Lost HH 1/2

REVIEW ON 16D. Will Ferrell, Anna Friel and Danny McBride co-star in this big-screen reimagining of the 1970s TV series about a family that travels back in time to the dinosaur era. Because there are just too many damn original ideas floating around Hollywood. (96 min.) Rated PG-13.

My Life In Ruins HH

NOT REVIEWED. A history instructor (Nia Vardalos of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) who can’t land a teaching job works as a travel agent and leads a group of stereotypes, I mean tourists, through the ancient wonders of Greece. (95 min.) Rated PG-13.

RETURNING

17 Again HH

Matthew Perry of “Friends” gets the chance to relive high school as Zac Efron (“High School Musical”). Talk about good karma … at least he didn’t become Lindsay Lohan. (98 min.) Rated PG-13.

Angels and Demons HH

Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard reunite for their second adaptation of a Dan Brown best-seller. This one has to be better than “The Da Vinci Code” because, when you really think about it, there’s no way it could be worse. Early word is that Howard has learned from his mistakes and quickened the pace for this prequel, in which Hanks’ symbologist hero takes on a cult that threatens to bring down the Catholic Church. Rated PG-13.

The Brothers Bloom H

Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody play swindling siblings in this affected, emo caper movie. Their mark is Rachael Weisz, a madcap heiress living alone in poor-little-rich-girl splendor.

Dance Flick

The Wayans Brothers take a cue from the idiots who brought you “Date Movie” and “Disaster Movie” for this catch-all comedy that pokes fun at the “High School Musical” genre. Rated PG-13.

Drag Me To Hell HHH

Director Sam Raimi returns to his horror roots with this story of a bank loan officer (Alison Lohman) who becomes the recipient of a curse when she has to evict an elderly woman from her home. (99 min.) Rated PG-13.

Duplicity HHH1/2

Julia Roberts and Clive Owen, who previously paired up to great effect in Mike Nichols’ “Closer,” reunite for director Tony Gilroy’s crime caper about a pair of spies plotting to pull a big-time con job on their bosses. From the title, we’re guessing many plot twists and surprises await. (124 min.) Rated PG-13.

Fast and Furious H1/2

Paul Walker and Vin Diesel reteam for the fourth film in the series they launched eight years ago. Though the movie’s tagline is “New model. Original parts,” expect more of the same: hot muscles, hot women, and, oh yeah, hot cars. Rated PG-13.

Fighting HH

Channing Tatum (“Step Up”) trades in his dancing shoes for bare-knuckled street fighting under the tutelage of Terrence Howard. Fear not, fans. The previews indicate Mr. Tatum is shirtless, if somewhat bloody, in many scenes. (115 min.) Rated PG-13.

Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past HH1/2

In this week’s part II of Men Who Are Frequently And Often Unnecessarily Shirtless in Movies, we find Matthew McConaughey portraying a playboy haunted by the girls he’s loved before at his younger brother’s wedding. Do we think he’ll realize in time that Jennifer Garner is his one true love? Does a McConaughey flex his pecs? (158 min.) Rated PG-13.

Gran Torino HHH1/2

Walt Kowalski is a widower, grumpy, tough-minded, borderline-hateful, unhappy old man who can’t get along with either his kids or his neighbors, a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1973 Gran Torino he keeps in cherry condition. When his neighbor Tao, a young Hmong teenager, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Rated R.

The Haunting in Connecticut HH

A family relocates to upstate Connecticut and makes some troubling discoveries about its new home, such as the fact it was once a funeral parlor whose owner liked to chat up Satan. (92 min.) Rated PG-13.

I Love You, Man HH1/2

In hopes of finding someone to be best man at his upcoming wedding ceremony, a loner (Paul Rudd) embarks on a series of man-dates and finds an instant new bud (Jason Segel). (105 min.) Rated R.

Is Anybody There? (PG-13) HHH

A young British boy learns life lessons from Michael Caine. (Let’s hope Caine advises the kid to skip “Jaws: The Revenge.”) (103 min.) Rated PG-13.

Knowing H

The story of a schoolteacher (Nicolas Cage) who opens a time capsule at his son’s elementary school and discovers the end of the world is nigh. (110 min.) Rated PG-13.

Lemon Tree

NOT REVIEWED. Salma Zidane lives in a tiny Palestinian village on the West Bank. She is 45 years old and a widow. Her children have left home, and she is alone. When the Israeli minister of defense builds a house on the other side of the green line, Selma’s lemon trees come to the attention of his bodyguards. Her trees are a security risk. They can hide terrorists and impede the bodyguards in their work. (106 min.) Rated PG.

Monsters vs. Aliens HHH1/2

Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Kiefer Sutherland and Stephen Colbert are among the actors in the all-star voice cast of this computer-animated feature about a group of government-controlled monsters that battle extra-terrestrials who want to conquer our planet. Available in your choice of IMAX, 3-D, IMAX 3-D or plain ol’ 2-D. (90 mins.) Rated PG.

Next Day Air 1/2 H

Donald Faison, Mos Def, Wood Harris and Mike Epps co-star in this comedy about a package of cocaine that goes astray and changes the lives of everyone involved. Hey, at least it wasn’t anthrax. Rated R.

Night At The Museum: Battle At The Smithsonian HH1/2

Ben Stiller returns as the museum security guard with an unfortunate knack for bringing old fossils and wax-figure displays to life. But can he rouse the grown-ups in the audience out of their stupor? Amy Adams, Robin Williams and Owen Wilson co-star for director Shawn Levy. Rated PG.

Observe and Report HH1/2

The latest comedy from Jody Hill (“The Foot Fist Way,” HBO’s “Eastbound & Down”) is quite a bargain. Seth Rogen stars as a security guard determined to protect a mall and a hot girl from a flasher. Ray Liotta co-stars, as does the great Jesse Plemons from the excellent TV series “Friday Night Lights.” (86 min.) Rated R.

Obsessed

A happily married man (the awesome Idris Elba of “The Wire” and “The Office”) is threatened by a stalkery temp (the less-than-awesome Ali Larter of “Heroes”). Beyonce Knowles plays the wife, so I’m hoping for an Ali Larter beat-down. There! That’s for all those boring evil-twin storylines on “Heroes.” (Rated PG-13)

Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Kevin James plays the titular security guard who tries to save the day when the shopping center is overrun with crooks.Rated PG.

Race to Witch Mountain HH1/2

The 1970s Walt Disney kiddie staple about a teens with supernatural powers gets a redo this time with much better special effects. Crossover star in Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, playing a Vegas cabbie who realizes the two teens he’s transporting are being chased by the government, the mob even aliens. (88 min.) Rated PG.

Shall We Kiss?

NOT REVIEWED. Wry, observant and touching, “Shall We Kiss?” is a very contemporary meditation on the myriad implications of a simple kiss.

When Gabriel and Emilie meet by chance, he offers her a ride, and they spend the evening talking, laughing and getting along famously. At the end of the night, Emilie declines Gabriel’s offer of “a kiss without consequences.” Emilie admonishes him that the kiss could have unexpected consequences, and tells him a story, unfolding in flashbacks, about the impossibility of indulging your desires without affecting someone else’s life.

In French with English subtitles. (96 min.) Rated PG.

The Soloist HHH1/2

A Los Angeles Times columnist (Robert Downey Jr.) befriends a Juilliard-trained street musician (Jamie Foxx) but runs into complications when he tries to help the homeless man. (112 min.) Rated PG-13.

Star Trek HHH1/2 The original crew of the Enterprise returns to the big screen, albeit a bit younger, courtesy of J.J. Abrams (creator of “Alias” and “Lost”). The trailer is breathtaking and the cast intriguing (Simon Pegg as Scotty!). But Abrams must walk a tricky line by pleasing long-time fans without insulting them. Then again, some of these old-timers wear pointy ears to conventions. Can they really be insulted? Rated PG-13.

State of Play HHH1/2

The usually-hot Russell Crowe looks mangy here, so he must be playing a dogged reporter in this thriller about a journalist who tries to solve the murder of the mistress of a congressman (Ben Affleck). (120 min.) Rated R.

Taken HHHH

A retired spy (Liam Neeson) is forced back into action after his daughter is kidnapped in Paris. Directed by Pierre Morel, hopefully reprising the action shenanigans of his previous movie, “District 13.” (91 min.) Rated PG-13.

Terminator Salvation HH

The director known only as McG (“Charlie’s Angels”) takes over the reins of the lucrative franchise for this post-apocalyptic tale, set in 2018 and depicting the war between man and machine that kick-started the entire saga. Christian Bale (whose expletive-laden rant on the set of the film is already the stuff of legend), Sam Worthington and Helena Bonham Carter are the folks fighting to save mankind. (123 min.) Rated PG-13.

Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail

Tyler Perry returns as the pistol-packing grandmother, this time winding up in the slammer due to her anger-management issues. Behind bars, she befriends a young prostitute (Keisha Knight Pullman) who benefits from Madea’s infinite wisdom. Cue the heartstrings. Rated PG-13.

Up HHHH

Judging by the reactions following “Up’s” premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last week, the Pixar Animation wizards have cranked out another winner with this story of a 78-year-old curmudgeon (voiced by Ed Asner) who ties thousands of balloons to his house and floats away to the wilds of South America. Rated PG.

Valentino HHH This documentary, which chronicles two years leading up to Valentino Garavani’s spectacular 45th anniversary gala in 2007 by the Colosseum in Rome, is as much about the brand and harsh realities of the fashion biz as the man himself. Not rated.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine HHH

Honest folks who did not rush to download the illegal version of this comic-book film that found its way to the Internet will now be rewarded: The film kicks off the summer movie season Friday. And not only do we get the bundle of Australian adamantiumu-clawed adorableness of Hugh Jackman as the title character. We also get Taylor Kitsch, aka Tim Riggins of “Friday Night Lights.” Tim Riggins! Who cares if the movie’s any good? This lineup is better than a Chippendale revue. (115 min.) Rated PG-13.

— Wire reports

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